The Landscape Design Process

I’m posting some landscape concepts that have been developed for a project that we are currently working on. Our first meeting with the home owner developed the goals and design intent needed to start the design process. Once the first concept was developed and presented to the owners, it brought about more discussions and possibilities that the owners wanted to explore. Every concept brought more questions and more possible opportunities. I tell all of our clients that we want to work on the design just long enough that the client feels comfortable moving forward with the project. Typically, most of our projects move forward after the initial design, especially when it’s a planting plan. Sometimes, when there is a lot of hardscaping (walls, walks, steps, pools, driveway), there might be a another revision or two. With this project, we are on our 5th revision. It’s a big project where we’re trying to maximize parking and usable spaces on a lakeside property on Candlewood Lake. It’s not that complicated but there are options on how the project comes together. The clients want to explore all their options before moving forward with such a large project and that’s their prerogative. At some point, they’ll feel comfortable with a concept and we’ll move on to the construction part of the project.

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Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.


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